A new fleet of cyclist-friendly lorries were showcased at a London conference discussing cyclist deaths and injuries. A total of 15 trucks designed with special safety features which now meet strict Transport for London guidelines were being shown at the ExCeL Centre. The lorries now have lowered seats in the cab, bringing drivers closer to eye level with cyclists and other vulnerable road users. They also have extended windows to give a better view, extra windows in the cab, upgraded mirrors and camera systems to monitor blind spots. They also have surrounding rails which prevent pedestrians from being dragged under the vehicle. The showcase came only days after Claire Hitier-Abadie was killed in a crash with a lorry while riding a Boris bike.
Transport for London reported that 55% of cyclist fatalities in London between 2008 and 2015 involved a heavy goods vehicle. The new lorries were designed under the Construction Logistics and Cyclist agreement (CLOCS), of which TfL are supporters and funders. The figures also showed that since January 2013, 31 cyclists have died in accidents on London’s roads, with 18 of the incidents involving a heavy goods vehicle. Mrs Hitier-Abadie died when she collided with a HGV which was turning left at a junction on Victoria Street. 80 organisations have already signed up to the CLOCS agreement.
Cyclist safety on the road
Cyclists need to be aware of their surroundings at all times due to their vulnerability on the roads. HGVs can have a devastating effect if they are involved in a crash with a cyclist, so the drivers of these vehicles should also try to be as aware as possible of vulnerable road users. Cyclist-friendly lorries can help to prevent these accidents and many companies are likely to invest in these vehicles in the future. However, there are still HGVs which have blind spots and there may still be a risk to cyclists while they are on the roads.
Compensation for a road traffic accident
If you have been injured in a road traffic accident that was someone else’s fault, you could be entitled to personal injury compensation. If the driver of an HGV was distracted or speeding and you were knocked from your bike, our team here at Accident Advice Helpline can assist you. If you are seeking advice on making a personal injury claim, you can get in touch with our expert team for some no-obligation advice. Just call our 24-hour helpline free on 0800 689 0500 today to find out what we can do for you.
Date Published: May 11, 2015
Author: David Brown